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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2710723
(54) English Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERTICAL NAVIGATION USING TIME-OF-ARRIVAL CONTROL
(54) French Title: METHODE ET SYSTEME DE NAVIGATION VERTICALE COMPORTANT UN DISPOSITIF DE CONTROLE SELON L'HEURE D'ARRIVEE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • G05D 1/10 (2006.01)
  • B60W 30/14 (2006.01)
  • B64C 19/00 (2006.01)
  • B64D 31/06 (2006.01)
  • G05D 13/62 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • KLOOSTER, JOEL KENNETH (United States of America)
(73) Owners :
  • GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC (United States of America)
(71) Applicants :
  • GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC (United States of America)
(74) Agent: CRAIG WILSON AND COMPANY
(74) Associate agent: CRAIG WILSON AND COMPANY
(45) Issued: 2018-02-20
(22) Filed Date: 2010-07-22
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2011-01-31
Examination requested: 2015-05-15
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
12/533,161 United States of America 2009-07-31

English Abstract

A control system (100) for controlling a speed of a vehicle is provided. The system (100) includes an input device (114) configured to receive a required time of arrival (RTA) at a waypoint, a processor (104) communicatively coupled to the input device, the processor programmed to automatically determine a dynamically adjustable range for an autothrottle control using an RTA error and an RTA tolerance, the RTA error representing a difference between an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the RTA, the speed control tolerance representing a time accuracy requirement about the specified RTA, and an output device communicatively coupled to the processor, the output device is configured to transmit at least one of a thrust control signal and a drag control signal to a speed control system of the vehicle.


French Abstract

Un système de contrôle (100) servant à contrôler la vitesse dun véhicule est présenté. Le système (100) comprend un dispositif dentrée (114) configuré pour recevoir une heure requise darrivée à un point de cheminement, un processeur (104) couplé de manière communicative au dispositif dentrée, le processeur étant programmé pour déterminer automatiquement une plage ajustable dynamiquement de commande de gaz automatique au moyen dune erreur dheure requise darrivée et une tolérance dheure requise darrivée, lerreur dheure requise darrivée représentant une différence entre lheure estimée darrivée et lheure requise darrivée, la tolérance de contrôle de vitesse représentant une exigence de précision dheure à propos de lheure requise darrivée spécifiée, et un dispositif de sortie couplé de manière communicative au processeur, le dispositif de sorte étant configuré pour transmettre au moins un signal de commande de poussée et un signal de commande de traînée à un système de contrôle de la vitesse du véhicule.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A control system (100) for controlling a speed of a vehicle, said
system comprising:
an input device (114) configured to receive a required time of arrival (RTA)
at a waypoint;
a processor (104) communicatively coupled to said input device, said
processor programmed to automatically determine a dynamically adjustable range
for
an autothrottle control using an RTA error and an RTA tolerance, the RTA error

representing a difference between an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the
RTA, a
speed control tolerance representing a time accuracy requirement about the
received
RTA; and
an output device communicatively coupled to said processor, said output
device is configured to transmit at least one of a thrust control signal and a
drag
control signal to a speed control system of the vehicle.
2. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein said
processor (104) is programmed to set the autothrottle control to idle when a
difference
between an actual airspeed and a target airspeed is greater than the speed
control
tolerance.
3. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein said
processor (104) is programmed to set the autothrottle control to control the
vehicle
speed when a difference between an actual airspeed and a target airspeed is
less than
or equal to the speed control tolerance.
4. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein said
processor (104) is programmed to set the autothrottle control to control the
vehicle
speed to a predetermined minimum speed.
5. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein the
speed control tolerance represents a value that is the largest of a minimum
speed
tolerance, the RTA error scaled by a first factor, and an inverse of an RTA
Time
Tolerance scaled by a second factor.
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6. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 5, wherein said
RTA Time Tolerance is selectable by a user.
7. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein said
processor (104) is programmed to select between an idle path descent mode and
a
speed control mode, wherein the idle path descent mode uses a pitch of the
vehicle to
control speed of the vehicle and wherein in the speed control mode uses at
least one of
engine thrust and deployable drag to control the speed of the vehicle.
8. A control system (100) in accordance with Claim 1, wherein said
processor (104) is programmed to control the autothrottle using:
if deltaspeed <=-Speed Control Tolerance
autothrottle controls to speed until deltaspeed = c3
Where
deltaspeed = actual_airspeed-target_airspeed,
actual_airspeed represents the determined airspeed of the vehicle,
target_airspeed represents the determined airspeed the vehicle is controlled
to maintain,
minSpeedTol (214) represents the minimum allowable speed error before
adjusting throttle or drag, and
c3 represent a positive constant scaling factor.
9. A vehicle comprising:
a propulsive engine (110) configured to generate a commanded amount of
thrust for moving the vehicle;
a drag device coupled to the vehicle, said drag device configured to control
at least one of a drag profile of the vehicle and braking of the vehicle;
an input device (114) configured to receive a required time of arrival (RTA)
at a waypoint;
a control system (100) communicatively coupled to at least one of said
propulsive engine and said drag device, said control system comprising a
processor
(104) communicatively coupled to said input device, said processor programmed
to
automatically determine a dynamically adjustable range for an autothrottle
control
using an RTA error and an RTA tolerance, the RTA error representing a
difference
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between an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the RTA, a speed control
tolerance
representing a time accuracy requirement about the received RTA; and
an output device communicatively coupled to said processor, said output
device is configured to transmit at least one of a thrust control signal to
said
propulsive engine and a drag control signal to said drag device.
10. A vehicle in accordance with Claim 9, wherein said processor (104)
is programmed to set the autothrottle control to idle when a difference
between an
actual airspeed and a target airspeed is greater than the speed control
tolerance.
11. A vehicle in accordance with claim 9, wherein said processor (104)
is programmed to set the autothrottle control to control the vehicle speed
when a
difference between an actual airspeed and a target airspeed is less than or
equal to the
speed control tolerance.
12. A vehicle in accordance with claim 9, wherein said processor (104)
is programmed to set the autothrottle control to control the vehicle speed to
a
predetermined minimum speed.
13. A vehicle in accordance with claim 9, wherein the speed control
tolerance represents a value that is the largest of a minimum speed tolerance,
the RTA
error scaled by a first factor, and an inverse of an RTA Time Tolerance scaled
by a
second factor.
14. A method of controlling a speed of an aircraft during descent
comprising:
determining a required time of arrival (RTA) error along a track, wherein
the RTA error represents a difference between an estimated time of arrival
(ETA) and the RTA;
determining a dynamically adjustable range of speed control tolerance
using the RTA error; and
controlling a speed of the aircraft using the RTA error and the speed control
tolerance.
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15. A method in accordance with claim 14 wherein determining a
dynamically adjustable range of speed control tolerance using the RTA error
comprises determining the range of speed control tolerance using:
Speed Control Tolerance=max(minSpeedTol, c1*(ETA-RTA), -c2*RTA
Time Tolerance),
where
minSpeedTol represents the minimum allowable speed error before
adjusting throttle or drag,
c1*(ETA-RTA) represents a scaled RTA error; and
-c2*RTA Time Tolerance represents a selectable minimum speed control
tolerance selected for operational purposes.
16. A method in accordance with claim 14 wherein controlling a speed
of the aircraft comprises increasing an amount of drag of the aircraft when
the aircraft
speed is greater than the Speed Control Tolerance.
17. A method in accordance with claim 14 wherein controlling a speed
of the aircraft comprises increasing an amount of thrust of an engine of the
aircraft
when the aircraft speed is less than the Speed Control Tolerance.
18. A method in accordance with claim 14 wherein determining a
dynamically adjustable range of speed control tolerance using the RTA error
comprises determining a range of allowed vehicle speed about a target vehicle
speed.
19. A method in accordance with claim 18 wherein controlling a speed
of the aircraft comprises permitting the speed of the aircraft to vary from
the target
vehicle speed by the determined speed control tolerance before adjusting at
least one
of engine thrust and aircraft drag.
20. A method in accordance with claim 18 wherein controlling a speed
of the aircraft comprises adding at least one of thrust and drag to the
aircraft when the
speed of the aircraft is outside the determined speed control tolerance.
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Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERTICAL NAVIGATION
USING TIME-OF-ARRIVAL CONTROL
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The field of the invention relates generally to a vehicle time based
management
system, and more specifically, to a method and systems for vertical navigation
using
time-of-arrival control.

Conventionally, aircraft are controlled in three dimensions; latitude,
longitude, and
altitude. More recently, the ability to control aircraft in the fourth
dimension, time,
has been shown to enable advanced airspace management resulting in increased
capacity. The use of time-based arrival management facilitates earlier landing
time
assignments and more efficient use of the runway. This also results in
economic
benefits if each aircraft can determine its desired landing time using its
most fuel
optimum flight profile. However, in the absence of a defined geometric descent
profile current vertical navigation control algorithms use laws that control
the
elevators to a predetermined vertical path or vertical speed while maintaining
a fixed
throttle setting (typically idle). Using this control method the speed is
allowed to
fluctuate over a large range of values, resulting in varying and inaccurate
Estimated
Time-of-Arrivals (ETAs) at points downstream of the aircraft. This adversely
impacts
the aircraft's adherence to a time constraint, typically referred to as a
Required Time-
of-Arrival (RTA) or Controlled Time-of-Arrival (CTA).

An aircraft descent trajectory is typically constructed by an onboard Flight
Management System (FMS) backward from the destination to the point where the
descent begins - referred to as the Top of Descent (T/D). The vertical portion
of this
computed trajectory consists of three general portions:

1) Approach Segment - this is the lowest portion of the descent, and contains
a
deceleration to the final landing speed along with extensions of high-lift
devices and
landing gear.

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2) Geometric Segment - this is the middle portion of the descent, and is
computed as a
geometric sequence of lines which attempt to honor all altitude constraints.
This
segment may not exist if there are no altitude constraints that require it.

3) Idle Segment - this is the upper portion of the descent, and is computed
assuming
the descent target speed and idle thrust. Estimated ("forecast") winds and
temperatures are assumed in the computation of this segment.

When the aircraft is flying the idle segment of the trajectory, the throttle
is fixed at an
idle setting and an algorithm controls the elevators to the predefined
vertical path
guidance mode (VPATH). However, because estimated parameters (most notably
winds and temperatures) are used in the computation of the vertical path, the
speed of
the aircraft will vary from the target speed used in the path computation if
these
estimated parameters are different than the actual values encountered.

A traditional vertical navigation strategy permits the actual airspeed to
deviate from
the target airspeed by some preset value (a typical value is 15 knots) before
either
raising the throttle setting (for actual airspeed below the target) or adding
drag (either
automatically or by prompting the flight crew) to zero the difference between
actual
airspeed and target airspeed. However, using such a large tolerance around the
target
speed before correcting the error makes a time constraint ahead of the
aircraft very
difficult to meet accurately. Moreover, when the actual and target airspeeds
differ by
this preset value and the control strategy is changed to zero this speed
error, a large
amount of thrust or drag will likely be required. A known alternative vertical
navigation control strategy retains the idle thrust setting and uses the
elevators to
control the speed as long as the actual aircraft altitude is within some range
of the
specified vertical path position at the current lateral position. When the
actual altitude
deviates by more than this value, the control strategy is modified to regain
the
specified vertical path while maintaining the target speed. However, this
method will
also have a negative affect on the time-of-arrival control if the altitude
band is too
large as the ground speed (which directly affects time-of-arrival) is
dependant not just
on airspeed but also on altitude. Conversely, if the altitude band is too
small the pitch
of the aircraft may be continually varying, negatively impacting the comfort
of the
aircraft passengers.
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In one embodiment, a control system for controlling a speed of a vehicle
includes an
input device configured to receive a required time of arrival (RTA) at a
waypoint and
a processor communicatively coupled to the input device. The processor is
programmed to automatically determine a dynamically adjustable speed control
tolerance range for an autothrottle control using an RTA error and an RTA
tolerance.
The RTA error represents a difference between an estimated time of arrival
(ETA)
and the RTA. The speed control tolerance represents a tolerance range about
the
vehicle speed profile. The RTA tolerance represents a time accuracy
requirement
about the specified RTA. The control system also includes an output device
communicatively coupled to the processor wherein the output device is
configured to
transmit at least one of a thrust control signal and a drag control signal to
a speed
control system of the vehicle.

In another embodiment, method of controlling aircraft speed during descent
includes
determining a required time of arrival (RTA) error along a track, wherein the
RTA
error represents a difference between an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and
the RTA,
determining a dynamically adjustable range of speed control tolerance using
the RTA
error, and controlling a speed of the aircraft using the RTA error and the
speed control
tolerance.

In yet another embodiment, a vehicle includes a propulsive engine configured
to
generate a commanded amount of thrust for moving the vehicle and a drag device
coupled to the vehicle wherein the drag device is configured to control at
least one of
a drag profile of the vehicle and braking of the vehicle. The vehicle also
includes an
input device configured to receive a required time of arrival (RTA) at a
waypoint and
a control system communicatively coupled to at least one of the propulsive
engine and
the drag device. The control system includes a processor communicatively
coupled to
the input device wherein the processor is programmed to automatically
determine a
dynamically adjustable range for an autothrottle control using an RTA error
and a
speed control tolerance. The RTA error represents a difference between an
estimated
time of arrival (ETA) and the RTA. The speed control tolerance represents a
tolerance range about the vehicle speed profile. The vehicle further includes
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output device communicatively coupled to the processor wherein the output
device is
configured to transmit at least one of a thrust control signal to the
propulsive engine
and a drag control signal to the drag device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figures 1-3 show exemplary embodiments of the method and apparatus described
herein.

Figure 1 is a schematic block diagram of a vehicle speed control system in
accordance
with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

Figure 2 is a graph illustrating a speed error of a vehicle over time while
transiting
along a track; and

Figure 3 is a flow chart of a method of controlling the airspeed of an
aircraft during a
descent in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The following detailed description illustrates embodiments of the invention by
way of
example and not by way of limitation. It is contemplated that the invention
has
general application to systematic and methodical embodiments of controlling a
vehicle in industrial, commercial, and residential applications.

As used herein, an element or step recited in the singular and proceeded with
the word
"a" or "an" should be understood as not excluding plural elements or steps,
unless
such exclusion is explicitly recited. Furthermore, references to "one
embodiment" of
the present invention are not intended to be interpreted as excluding the
existence of
additional embodiments that also incorporate the recited features.

Figure 1 is a schematic block diagram of a vehicle speed control system 100 in
accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. In various
embodiments, vehicle speed control system 100 may be part of a flight
management
system (FMS) (not shown). In various other embodiments, vehicle speed control
system 100 may be a stand alone system. In the exemplary embodiment, vehicle
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speed control system 100 includes a controller 102 comprising a processor 104
communicatively coupled to a memory device 106. Controller 102 is
communicatively coupled to a speed control system 108 configured to generate
autothrottle signals to control a speed of a vehicle (not shown) using an
engine 110
and/or a braking system 112. Controller 102 is configured to receive input
signals
from one or more input devices 114 or from other vehicle systems 115. Input
devices
114 may include human input devices 116 and, for example, sensors 118 that
provide
signals related to a parameter of engine 110 or the vehicle. As used herein,
human
input devices 116 refers to computer devices that interact directly with
humans such
as, but not limited to, a keyboard, a mouse, a trackball, a touchpad, a
pointing stick, a
graphics tablet, a joystick, a driving or flight simulator device, a gear
stick, a steering
wheel, a foot pedal, a haptic glove, and a gestural interface.

During operation, processor 104 receives inputs from input devices 114,
vehicle
systems 115, and/or memory device 106 to generate signals to control the speed
of the
vehicle using engine 110 and/or braking system 112. The generated signals may
be
used to control the thrust of a gas turbine engine, torque and/or speed of an
electric
motor, or a power output of an internal combustion engine.

Figure 2 is a graph 200 illustrating a speed error of a vehicle over time
while
transiting along a track. In the exemplary embodiment, graph 200 includes an x-
axis
202 graduated in units of time and a y-axis 204 graduated in units of speed. A
legacy
speed error bound trace 206 illustrates the prior art speed error bound
described above
as a constant speed error value, in this example, fifteen knots. A legacy
speed error
trace 208 illustrates that in the prior art speed control systems, speed error
is permitted
to vary widely, in this case up to fifteen knots before corrective action is
taken to
adjust the vehicle speed to reduce the error. Graph 200 includes a speed error
bound
trace 210 that is determined in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the
present invention. The variable speed error bound permits closer control of
vehicle
speed to permit more accurate estimates of arrival at designated waypoints. A
speed
error trace 212 illustrates that the vehicle speed error is limited to a
relatively smaller
tolerance based on the dynamically adjustable vehicle speed error bound trace
210.

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Embodiments of the present invention define a dynamically adjustable window
for the
autothrottle logic to change from an idle path descent to a speed mode, as
well as for
requesting additional drag or braking to decrease the vehicle speed. This
dynamic
window is a function of both the RTA error as well as the time-error
tolerance,
allowing better control to time. When the RTA mode is active, and the
magnitude of
the vertical deviation (aircraft altitude - desired vertical path altitude) is
less than a
predefined threshold value, the vertical navigation control logic sets the
elevator
control to the desired vertical path (VPATH) or vertical speed (VS), while the
autothrottle is set as follows:

If deltaspeed >-Speed Control Tolerance
autothrottle is set to idle
Else If deltaspeed <=-Speed Control Tolerance
autothrottle controls to speed until deltaspeed = C3, where
deltaspeed = actual _airspeed-target airspeed
Speed Control Tolerance = max(minSpeedTol, cl*ETA-RTA, -
c2*RTA Time Tolerance)
minSpeedTol is the minimum allowable speed error before adjusting
throttle; and
C1, C2, c3 are, preset or time-adaptable positive constants

Using this method, a minimum relatively smaller speed tolerance can be used to
control the speed. However, if the RTA is predicted to be missed EARLY (so
that
ETA < RTA, or ETA - RTA < 0) the second term in the Speed Control Tolerance
equation allows the actual airspeed to be lower than the target speed by a
larger
amount, essentially allowing the aircraft to slow down more so that the
magnitude of
the EARLY error is reduced. The third term in the Speed Control Tolerance
equation
takes into account the tolerance of the RTA control, so that very tight speed
control is
not used when a large RTA error is acceptable. This method adapts the speed
control
in descent to the importance of the time control.

As shown in graph 200, there is initially at to an RTA error of about 16
seconds
EARLY, resulting in a speed error bound of -8 knots. With the autothrottle in
idle
path descent mode, the difference between the actual airspeed and the target
speed
increases in the negative direction (i.e. the actual airspeed is below the
target speed).
Because the aircraft is flying slower than the target speed, the predicted
time of arrival
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at the RTA waypoint gets later, resulting in the magnitude of the EARLY error
decreasing (the ETA gets closer to the RTA). As the magnitude of the EARLY
error
decreases, the magnitude of the speed bound decreases as well. Eventually, at
tl the
speed error becomes equal to the control bound, at which point the
autothrottle control
switches to control to the target speed. This is represented by the speed
error
reversing direction and decreasing in magnitude approaching zero error at t2.
The
magnitude of the RTA error is decreasing as well until the speed error control
bound
is limited by the minSpeedTol 214 (2 knots in Figure 2). This can be
contrasted with
the legacy speed error control bound at -15 knots. With this constant legacy
control
bound, the magnitude of the speed error is allowed to increase significantly,
resulting
in a large time error accumulation before the autothrottle control switches to
speed
mode.

The adaptive speed control tolerance may also be used when the speed error is
positive. The traces will be similar to mirror images of traces 210 and 212.
In one
embodiment, the autothrottle control algorithm switches automatically when the
actual airspeed is greater than the target to create additional drag and slow
the vehicle.
In various other embodiments, the autothrottle control will not automatically
switch
when the actual airspeed is greater than the target, controller 102 can be
programmed
to prompt the crew to add drag in order to reduce airspeed. The legacy
tolerance on
speed error before issuing this prompt is also 15 knots. However, the message
can be
issued using the following logic:

If deltaspeed > Speed Control Tolerance
issue "MORE DRAG message" until deltaspeed <= C3, where
deltaspeed. Speed Control Tolerance, and c3 are defined as above.
Figure 3 is a flow chart of a method 300 of controlling the airspeed of an
aircraft
during a descent in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present
invention. In the exemplary embodiment, method 300 includes determining 302 a
required time of arrival (RTA) error along a track, wherein the RTA error
represents a
difference between an estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the RTA. Method 300
further includes determining 304 a dynamically adjustable range of speed
control

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tolerance using the RTA error, and controlling 306 a speed of the aircraft
using the
RTA error and the speed control tolerance.

In one embodiment, determining the range of speed control tolerance is
performed
using:

Speed Control Tolerance=max(minSpeedTol, cl*(ETA-RTA), -c2*RTA Time
Tolerance),

where
minSpeedTol represents the minimum allowable speed error before
adjusting throttle or drag,
c I * (ETA-RTA) represents a scaled RTA error; and
-c2*RTA Time Tolerance represents a selectable minimum speed
control tolerance selected for operational purposes.

In an embodiment, determining the dynamically adjustable range of speed
control
tolerance includes determining a range of allowed vehicle speed about a target
vehicle
speed. In various embodiments, controlling a speed of the aircraft includes
increasing
an amount of drag of the aircraft when the aircraft speed is greater than the
Speed
Control Tolerance and increasing an amount of thrust of an engine of the
aircraft
when the aircraft speed is less than the Speed Control Tolerance. When
controlling
the speed of the aircraft, the speed of the aircraft may be permitted to vary
from the
target vehicle speed by the determined speed control tolerance before
adjusting at
least one of engine thrust and aircraft drag.

The term processor, as used herein, refers to central processing units,
microprocessors, microcontrollers, reduced instruction set circuits (RISC),
application
specific integrated circuits (ASIC), logic circuits, and any other circuit or
processor
capable of executing the functions described herein.

As used herein, the terms "software" and "firmware" are interchangeable, and
include
any computer program stored in memory for execution by processor 104,
including
RAM memory, ROM memory, EPROM memory, EEPROM memory, and non-
volatile RAM (NVRAM) memory. The above memory types are exemplary only, and
are thus not limiting as to the types of memory usable for storage of a
computer
program.
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As will be appreciated based on the foregoing specification, the above-
described
embodiments of the disclosure may be implemented using computer programming or
engineering techniques including computer software, firmware, hardware or any
combination or subset thereof, wherein the technical effect is the capability
to
dynamically adjust the speed control tolerance for the autothrottle to take
the current
time control situation into account while maintaining the defined vertical
profile. The
smaller tolerance will result in more accurate time control, and will also
result in
smaller amounts of thrust needed when a correction does occur resulting in a
smoother, more comfortable descent. Any such resulting program, having
computer-
readable code means, may be embodied or provided within one or more computer-
readable media, thereby making a computer program product, i.e., an article of
manufacture, according to the discussed embodiments of the disclosure. The
computer-readable media may be, for example, but is not limited to, a fixed
(hard)
drive, diskette, optical disk, magnetic tape, semiconductor memory such as
read-only
memory (ROM), and/or any transmitting/receiving medium such as the Internet or
other communication network or link. The article of manufacture containing the
computer code may be made and/or used by executing the code directly from one
medium, by copying the code from one medium to another medium, or by
transmitting the code over a network.

The above-described embodiments of a method and system of vehicle speed
control
provide a cost-effective and reliable means for dynamically adjusting the
speed
control tolerance for the autothrottle. More specifically, the methods and
systems
described herein facilitate maintaining the defined vertical profile. As a
result, the
methods and systems described herein facilitate automatically determining a
dynamically adjustable speed error bound in a cost-effective and reliable
manner.

This written description uses examples to disclose the invention, including
the best
mode, and also to enable any person skilled in the art to practice the
invention,
including making and using any devices or systems and performing any
incorporated
methods. The patentable scope of the invention is defined by the claims, and
may
include other examples that occur to those skilled in the art. Such other
examples are
intended to be within the scope of the claims if they have structural elements
that do
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not differ from the literal language of the claims, or if they include
equivalent
structural elements with insubstantial differences from the literal languages
of the
claims.

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Forecasted Issue Date 2018-02-20
(22) Filed 2010-07-22
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2011-01-31
Examination Requested 2015-05-15
(45) Issued 2018-02-20

Abandonment History

There is no abandonment history.

Maintenance Fee

Description Date Amount
Last Payment 2019-06-21 $200.00
Next Payment if small entity fee 2020-07-22 $125.00
Next Payment if standard fee 2020-07-22 $250.00

Note : If the full payment has not been received on or before the date indicated, a further fee may be required which may be one of the following

  • the reinstatement fee set out in Item 7 of Schedule II of the Patent Rules;
  • the late payment fee set out in Item 22.1 of Schedule II of the Patent Rules; or
  • the additional fee for late payment set out in Items 31 and 32 of Schedule II of the Patent Rules.

Payment History

Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Filing $400.00 2010-07-22
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2012-07-23 $100.00 2012-07-04
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2013-07-22 $100.00 2013-07-03
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 4 2014-07-22 $100.00 2014-07-03
Request for Examination $800.00 2015-05-15
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 5 2015-07-22 $200.00 2015-07-02
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 6 2016-07-22 $200.00 2016-07-04
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 7 2017-07-24 $200.00 2017-07-04
Registration of Documents $100.00 2017-10-17
Final Fee $300.00 2017-12-29
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 8 2018-07-23 $200.00 2018-06-20
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 9 2019-07-22 $200.00 2019-06-21
Current owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Current Owners on Record
GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
Past owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Past Owners on Record
KLOOSTER, JOEL KENNETH
Past Owners that do not appear in the "Owners on Record" listing will appear in other documentation within the application.

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Abstract 2010-07-22 1 24
Description 2010-07-22 10 502
Claims 2010-07-22 3 106
Drawings 2010-07-22 3 31
Representative Drawing 2011-01-04 1 4
Cover Page 2011-01-18 2 39
Assignment 2010-07-22 3 106
Correspondence 2014-05-16 1 24
Prosecution-Amendment 2015-05-15 2 65
Prosecution-Amendment 2016-10-12 3 168
Prosecution-Amendment 2017-03-13 7 265
Claims 2017-03-13 4 153
Assignment 2017-10-17 7 244
Correspondence 2017-12-29 1 38
Representative Drawing 2018-01-24 1 3
Cover Page 2018-01-24 1 36